- Miles and Bell win Modified and Pro Stock features
PUTNAMVILLE -- For years, Saturday night has meant racing in Putnamville and this week was no different as Lincoln Park Speedway celebrated Hoosier Auto Racing Fans (HARF) night under perfect skies.
Kyle Wissmiller set fast time in sprint car qualifications with his 12.848, but it was Will Newlin who celebrated at the end of the evening.
Newlin, who qualified fourth, also placed fourth in the evening's fourth sprint heat. So even though fours were wild for most of the evening it was two that was Newlin's lucky number in the long run.
Starting the feature third, Newlin watched as Doug Heck and Justin Marvel raced each other hard for nearly the entire race.
With just three laps remaining, Marvel tapped Heck between turns one and two in attempt to get position heading into the backstretch. The end result however was that Heck spun and had to take evasive action through a portion of the infield to get back on track. Meanwhile, Bill Baker had spun, bringing out the feature's second caution flag.
During the yellow, Marvel was sent to the back due to a rough driving penalty for causing the spin and Heck kept his seventh place spot, but would fall to ninth by the end of the feature.
The spin was to Kenny Lacey's benefit as he took over the lead, but not for long.
With two laps left, Newlin was able to get under Lacey and lead the final laps to victory. Afterwards, Newlin was equal parts relieved and excited. "Well I was running fourth and wasn't exactly sure what happened (during the caution) and all of a sudden I was second," said Newlin. "(Lacey) got into the turn a little slow and I did bump him a little but I didn't do it to be dirty. I didn't make the pass because of it."
The victory should definitely help Newlin move up in the point standings where he stood fourth through the week of June 7. Marvel leads in points and has three feature victories this season.
Kyle Wissmiller came in third in the feature, ahead of Billy Puterbaugh and Mitch Wissmiller who was a heat winner. Paul May, A.J. Anderson and Kris Deckard each won heats as well.
While the sprint feature had a strange ending, the best wire-to-wire race might have been in the Modified Division.
Shelby Miles and Ray Humphrey, both heat winners, started second and third in the feature race and wasted little time in finding their way to the front. From there, they didn't leave each others' bumpers the rest of the way.
Miles led the way early on, but Humphrey, running high on the cushion was hooked in and took over the lead at the midpoint of the race. There they would stay with Miles showing his nose under Humphrey through the corners, but Humphrey had more momentum coming off the top of the track and kept the top spot.
The caution flag came out with four laps remaining as Bob Robinson spun, setting up a final dash for the checkered flag.
On the restart, Humphrey kept the lead with a good jump heading into turns three and four, but one little mistake cost him with two laps remaining.
Still running high on the corners, Humphrey appeared to get into the loose dirt above the groove, slowing him just enough for Miles to regain the lead coming off the corner. Despite a last lap caution, Miles held on for the victory.
An obviously pumped up Miles was ecstatic to get back to the winner's circle. "This has been a long time in the coming," he said afterwards. "I'd just like to thank my sponsors, O'Neal Wood Products, G.T. Towing, Hinchman racing suits and everyone else for helping get me here. This is such a great night, I think #75 just made a little bit of a bobble there at the end and I was able to get by."
Ryan Thomas placed third in the feature with Phil VanSant taking fourth and Lonnie Cassity in fifth. Craig Conyer was the other heat winner on the evening.
In Pro Stocks, Jeff Bell was able to celebrate all the way around after winning his heat race and starting the feature from the outside of row one. On the pole was Ron Wallen Sr. but bad luck would end his evening early as a big spin on the first lap of the race caused a broken axle and an end to feature winning hopes for the night.
Cautions would dominate the race and eventually end the feature early, but Bell had no complaints after winning his second feature in a row and second HARF night feature in a row. "This is so great to be here again," commented Bell. "I just really want to thank the Allison's for what they have done here with the track and making this a great place to run."
David Kikendall Jr., A.J. Smith and Bell were the heat winners.
Next Saturday will bring the King of Indiana Sprint Series (KISS) to Lincoln Park Speedway with $2,500 to win for sprint cars. Pro Stocks and UMP Modifieds will also be slated to run with admission $15 for adults and just $2 for children.
Lincoln Park Speedway
Saturday, June 21
Sprint Car 'A' Main Feature
1. Will Newlin (71), 2. Kenny Lacey (41), 3. Kyle Wissmiller (2K), 4. Billy Puterbaugh (7P), 5. Mitch Wissmiller (7W), 6. Kent Christian (1C), 7. Jimmy Laser (8L), 8. Jason Robbins (96), 9. Douglas Heck (76), 10. Paul May (71M).
Modified 'A' Main Feature
1. Shelby Miles (76), 2. Ray Humphrey (75), 3. Ryan Thomas (T9), 4. Phil VanSant (31v), 5. Lonnie Cassity (1), 6. Paul Bumardner (54), 7. Travis Shoulders (166), 8. Al Flick (24F), 9. Craig Conyer (31C), 10. Troy Whitkanack (96TW).
Pro Stock 'A' Main Feature
1. Jeff Bell (21), 2. A.J. Smith (27), 3. Steve Smilez (42), 4. Curt Leonard (47), 5. Arvis Shepard (2), 6. Mark Dickerson (5M), 7. Michael Conner (7C), 8. Robb Yaw (78), 9. Josh Foxworthy (E38), 10. Richie Hawkins (0).
Sprint Car 'B' Main -- Top-4 qualify for 'A' Main
1. Justin Marvel (47), 2. Shaun Krockenburger (21K), 3. Douglas Heck (76), 4. Kevin Chambers (18C).
Modified 'B' Main #1 -- Top-4 qualify for 'A' Main
1. Zack Fair (95X), 2. Tom Russell (1F), 3. Joey Cox (28), 4. Randy Milburn (33R).
Modified 'B' Main #2 -- Top-4 qualify for 'A' Main
1. Jimmy Hayden (15J), 2. Wes McClara (45M), 3. Dale DuBois (47), 4. J.P. Karpowicz (33).
Pro Stock 'B' Main -- Top-5 qualify for 'A' Main
1. Tony Tidwell Jr. (4X), 2. Chris Brewer (51), 3. Gary Long (1J), 4. Kirby Morrow (27M), 5. Robb Yaw (78).
Sprint Car Heat Winners:
Heat 1 -- Mitch Wissmiller (7W)
Heat 2 -- Paul May (71M)
Heat 3 -- A.J. Anderson (34)
Heat 4 -- Kris Deckard (97)
Modified Heat Winners:
Heat 1 -- Phil VanSant (31v)
Heat 2 -- Shelby Miles (76)
Heat 3 -- Ray Humphrey (75)
Heat 4 -- Craig Conyer (31C)
Pro Stock Heat Winners:
Heat 1 -- David Kikendall Jr. (20)
Heat 2 -- A.J. Smith (27)
Heat 3 -- Jeff Bell (21)
Top-Five Sprint Qualifiers: 1. Kyle Wissmiller (2K) 12.848, 2. Jimmy Laser (8L) 12.867, 3. Justin Marvel (47) 13.179, 4. Will Newlin (71) 13.275, 5. Jerry McPherson (4) 13.278.